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Resident Evil Retrospective

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The Resident Evil films have always had a dedicated following. They'd have to, anyway. They've made five of them after all, but I've always had a personal fondness for them. When I was in Japan during high school, I stayed for a while with a family in Aomori who did everything they could to make me feel as welcome as possible.

Among their endeavors was a rental of Biohazard, a movie they assumed I'd enjoy. The fact is I hate horror movies so I was reticent to jump for joy and instead feigned excitement in an effort to purport the circle of over-politeness we'd started on my arrival.

Luckily, the Resident Evil films have always had true horror on the back burner, opting for a mix of action and horror, much like the modern games. The result is some crazy bullshit, but I'll be damned if it's not popcorn-worthy. The reality is that the film franchises have succeeded not because of deference and undying loyalty to the games, but because of their willingness to give the audience more of what they love: high-fidelity action, gorgeous visual flair, and a heaping helping of Milla Jovovich.


2002 - Resident Evil

Umbrella retains its status as a super-secretive, genetic research corporation and the T-Virus still infects everyone with a pulse, but the RE films introduce a brand new character for the lead role. Alice (no last name) once worked security for Umbrella but her memory has been wiped and instead she assists a team of Umbrella Corp commandos into The Hive, the source of the T-Virus outbreak.

At the end of the film, Alice wakes unconscious in an abandoned Raccoon City. Spooky! The first film is quite earnest in its delivery, but it lays the tense groundwork for what would become a series all about high-flying, high-energy action.


2004 - Resident Evil: Apocalypse

Raccoon City is sealed off to everyone, regardless of infected status. Apocalypse introduces Jill Valentine and Peyton Wells, her partner, to moviegoers. The duo meet up with Alice and head off on a search for an evacuation point in the city. Of course, now's as good a time as any to tell you that Matt Addison, from the first film, has been transformed into Nemesis by Umbrella and the government after his encounter with the Licker in the first film.

Shit's about to get real. Of course, the trio make it out of Raccoon City just as a nuclear bomb wipes life from it. Funny thing about flying a helicopter near a nuclear bomb: It's really, really hard to do. Alice is taken to another Umbrella facility where she escapes with some extreme abilities. The film ends with an Umbrella logo flashing in Alice's eyes and the words "Project Alice Activated."


2007 - Resident Evil: Extinction

With the t-Virus beating the world's population to a zombified pulp and Umbrella intent on cloning Alice for her enhanced physical abilities, Claire Redfield leads a team of survivors across the desert. When the convoy meets up with Alice, crows attack. CROWS!

The survivors aim to head to Alaska, via Las Vegas, in the hopes of reaching Arcadia, a safe haven free from the t-Virus. Zombies attack, people die, people are bitten, but they don't tell the others. Then one of the survivors transforms into Tyrant. Claire gets away in a chopper, Alice fights Tyrant with the help of one of her clones. Tyrant is defeated and everyone lives happily ever after.

No, I'm just kidding. Alice finds a shit load of her clones.


2010 - Resident Evil: Afterlife

Alice and her army of clones still aren't enough to kill Albert Wesker… nor is a helicopter crash. Alice survives this opening sequence as well and, with Wesker nowhere to be found, heads to Arcadia. There she finds Claire Redfield and pretty much nothing else. When Claire and Alice fly to L.A. and find Chris Redfield in a prison surrounded by zombies, Chris informs them that Arcadia is actually a tanker.

And that tanker is really a secret Umbrella facility used to test the survivors. Of course its abandoned by the time the trio make it back. Claire then remembers how to enter the research facility, at which point the three run into Wesker again. Alice once again beats the bastard and Jill Valentine leads an assault on the facility.


2012 - Resident Evil: Retribution

And that brings us to today. I'm completely lost, despite having written and researched this whole thing, but one thing's for sure. The spectacle will return on Friday, with Retribution taking Alice and company all around the world, including Washington D.C. How will Wesker return and will the president be a zombie?

One thing is for sure: Leon and Barry will appear, along with Ada Wong. All of whom should get us all pumped for Resident Evil 6 in October.

Which of course brings us to the numbered entries.

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